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Jul 27, 2011 5:00pm PDT
. >> in terms of large operational bases at 9/11, they had afghanistan. to plan, to recruit, to store material, to train, to strategize in safety. today they still have part of afghanistan. they have a big swath of pakistan. they're in yemen. they're in somalia. they're all the way across north africa in a growing movement that's now reaching down into the western part of africa. and so just objectively you really don't need an opinion. you just need to look at the facts, sir. al qaeda is much bigger and much more geographically dispersed than it was at 9/11. >> chad, would you agree with that? and what kind of operations are we talking about in places like algeria and eenggypt compared t what they had in afghanistan when they had the harboring government of the taliban? >> i couldn't agree more with michael. and i'd actually go a step further to say not only is he right that they have now expanded geographically and have multiple launch points for operations but if we step back and look at that map you'll see it lays over very nicely with what we're witnessing with the arab spring. we're also
CNN
Jul 30, 2011 12:00pm PDT
, the which he and debt crisis are weighing heavily on u.s. troops in afghanistan. and the top question on their minds saturday, even as bombings rock the city around them, was the top u.s. military officer couldn't answer. a question he couldn't answer. will we -- these are soldiers in afghanistan with bombs bursting around them and here is what the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said. and i quote, i actually don't know the answer to that question. i noknow mike mcmullen responde while at the same time saying continuing to work each day, wearing the uniform, listening to bombs go off around them. that's why today we have with us some -- what is referred to you by you press folks as real people. i guess we're not. we have students like laura and sydney, veterans like bill and roger and carlos, arianna, who is a senior, guillermo, who say senior, lucia, a senior, felicia is a senior, mary ellen is a senior, alisa is a senior, they're here representing the millions of people around this country who are as brave as the soldiers on the front lines in afghanistan. we don't have time f
CNN
Jul 10, 2011 3:00am PDT
's biggest battle front, afghanistan. panetta arrived in the afghan capital yesterday, his first trip overseas in his new position as he succeeds long-time defense chief, robert gates. panetta said the u.s. is within reach of putting down al qaeda and keeping up the schedule of withdrawal for troops. >> we have a strategy that we have put in place. we are going to have once we do the initial draw-down. in december, we'll still have 90,000 troops that will be there for a year through the end of next summer. and then beyond that, we will have 70,000 troops that will be continuing the strategy and operation through 2014. and my goal is to make sure that we can continue the effort to establish greater security in this country. >> and cnn pentagon correspondent, chris lawrence, has more on panetta's trip to afghanistan and a look ahead to the coming week in military matters. chris? >> well, susan, leon panetta is on his first overseas trip as the new secretary of defense. visiting afghanistan this weekend. and back at home, change to a longstanding policy. in the past, troops who committed
CNN
Jul 21, 2011 6:00am PDT
americans don't want to hear. billions of dollars in your tax money is being wasted in afghanistan or worse. a new federal audit says that some of that cash may be funding, are you ready for this? the same insurgency that is killing americans. chris lawrence is at the pentagon. chris, give us the details. >> reporter: they are not good, kyra. this audit by the inspector general shows that ten years into this war, the u.s. only has limited visibility over billions of dollars once we send it to afghanistan. what that does is it leaves the money vulnerable to fraud and even worse, quote, being diverted to insurgents. how much money are we talking about here? the u.s. has spent about $70 billion in afghanistan security and development projects and the audit shows that as much as $10 million every day, maybe smuggled out of afghanistan. how does that happen? well, when afghan government officials leech the country, no one is checking how much cash they are carrying with them. and the audit shows that afghan officials have no intention at all of scanning their cash through those electronic curren
CNN
Jul 10, 2011 1:00am PDT
over al qaeda is within reach. leon panetta touched down in kabul, afghanistan, today. he said the terrorist group is on the run after the killing of its leader osama bin laden. panetta is in afghanistan for talks with hamid karzai before nato turns over control of several areas to afghan security forces. >>> reporters at britain's "news of the world" have file their last stories and sunday's issue of the tabloid will be the last one. owner ruppert murdoch ordered the paper shut down. the tabloid became toxic when it was revealed reporters may have hacked the voice mail boxes of thousands of people while chasing stories. >>> casey anthony will be free a week from sunday, but there are further signs her relationship with her mother may be fractured. a florida correctional official says she refused to let her mother visit her in the jail friday night. anthony who was acquitted of murdering her little girl was sentenced to four years for lying to police but given credit for time served. >>> betty ford, one of the most beloved first ladies has died of natural causes. two services h
CNN
Jul 29, 2011 4:00pm PDT
's in the deal. and no savings from iraq and afghanistan. there is a trigger to force addition@cuts. you would get mandatory mechanism for the standing. is that good enough for a final deal? >> i would say that is a vote in the right direction. >> would you vote for -- >> would seeing senator reid's plan, it contains $1 trillion in cuts because he assumes the ending of the war. i'm not sure. for me, i would like to see more. >> how about if we make the reid plan, so it's their plan. give the president the debt increase through the election as he wants and attach the balanced budget. put him in a position where their only objection is a balanced budget amendment where most have voiced support for. and many in the house, have voted for as well. the clean budget house. >> both jend themen, stand by. harry reid has come to the floor. we will go back to the floor of the senate. let's keep the conversation here. in divided government, there has ta be some give. is it your position if there is no balanced budget amendment, would your vote be no? >> that is very difficult to get my vote. just like the
CNN
Jul 18, 2011 8:00am PDT
. >> there's been a change of u.s. command in afghanistan today as well. general david petraeus leaving to become the cia director handed command of the afghan war to marine general john allen. allen served as a deputy at u.s. central command in tampa before getting that job in afghanistan. >>> in los angeles all back to normal. the 405 traffic was resumed. another typical morning commute. transportation workers closed that busy freeway this weekend to tear down a bridge. that whipped up talk of citywide gridlock, but carmageddon didn't happen. construction crews wrapped up work well before the rush hour deadline. >> i think people are a little spoiled, and they need to realize there's other ways to get around. >> i think it absolutely worked. i wish it could be an ongoing thing. >> thanks, ron. >>> when this flag returns again someday to earth by astronauts that came up on an american spacecraft, it's journey will not end there. the journey will continue. >> a little bit of history in space today. two hours ago astronauts shut the door between "atlantis" and the space station for one l
CNN
Jul 29, 2011 5:00pm PDT
of the rest is because of the unfunded wars in iraq and afghanistan, started in the bush term which the first wars in american history that they didn't raise taxes to pay for. >> and in fairness, a lot of it is because of our economy has taken a tremendous nose dive. >> that's right. the economy has taken a nose dive. not because of any great spending splurge by the obama administration which didn't occur. >> so if you don't see a clear path forward right now, you have been there a while. you know how this sort of stuff works. how do we fashion such a path? >> the only way to fashion such a path -- let me say one thing. you have to understand how bad the boehner plan or anything they are insisting on is. i've seen too much commentary saying boehner and reid aren't that far apart, which is nonsense. the second half of getting the debt ceiling raised is dependent on a second $1.6 trillion spending cut, almost entirely from entitlements, you will have already eviscerated the direct spending part. you have to make draconian cuts in medicare, medicaid, and democrats cannot stand for that, period.
CNN
Jul 30, 2011 1:00am PDT
of the bush tax cuts. a lot of the rest is because of the unfunded wars in iraq and afghanistan, started in the bush term which the first wars in american history that they didn't raise taxes to pay for. >> and in fairness, a lot of it is because of our economy has taken a tremendous nose dive. >> that's right. the economy has taken a nose dive. not because of any great spending splurge by the obama administration which didn't occur. >> so if you don't see a clear path forward right now, you have been there a while. you know how this sort of stuff works. how do we fashion such a path? >> the only way to fashion such a path -- let me say one thing. you have to understand how bad the boehner plan or anything they are insisting on is. i've seen too much commentary saying boehner and reid aren't that far apart, which is nonsense. the second half of getting the debt ceiling raised is dependent on a second $1.6 trillion spending cut, almost entirely from entitlements, you will have already eviscerated the direct spending part. you have to make draconian cuts in medicare, medicaid, and democrat
CNN
Jul 7, 2011 2:00pm PDT
don't leave any troops in iraq and ditto with afghanistan. get on with governing an america that puts its own citizens first and concentrates on bettering the home country for everybody who lives here. in case you hadn't noticed while you were wasting trillions on useless wars, america has fallen in a pit of overspending, foreclosure and unemployment. john writes the usa needs to get out of iraq as soon as possible. what is the president thinking. the huge budget mess is largely due to the wars in iraq and afghanistan. how can they think of cutting social security or medicare for our seniors and disabled citizens at the cost of these wars? i'm 60 and i feel my future is very uncertain. ter fre arizona writes how many way do i need to respond with no for my reply to be read on air? you got it done. >> i hope that makes terry happy. >> i don't care if it does or not. >> new evidence of the dangerous links between al qaeda leaders and the growing terror threat in somalia. wa can casey anthony expect when she walks out of jail next week. the security and the spectacle >>> new information
CNN
Jul 28, 2011 4:00pm PDT
savings account for scaling back the wars in afghanistan and iraq. let's talk now to a new member of the senate who opposes both of these plans. he says they don't do enough to bring fiscal sanity to washington, senator rand paul, republican of kentucky, is with us this evening. senator paul, the conservatives in the house can't round up the votes to pass their plan. speaker reid probably has 52 or 53 for his, but he doesn't have the 60 votes he would need to get it through the senate. we're days away from a potential default. would you prefer default to either of these two plans. >> no. but the interesting thing is the conservatives did round up the votes. the conservatives in the senate and the house. we got 234 votes in the house last week for cut, cap and balance to balance the budget and to raise the debt ceiling the full $2 trillion, exactly what the president wants. it's interesting the dynamic here because some are saying we're unwilling to compromise. we already offered the president $2 trillion increase in the debt ceiling. all we want in exchange is a balanced budget am
CNN
Jul 31, 2011 1:00pm PDT
to afghanistan. troops asked him how a u.s. default would affect their paychecks. >> one of the concerns that -- that young men and women expressed to me on this trip is here we are halfway around the world fighting our country's wars. and i've got to worry about a paycheck potentially on the 15th of august. which is what would be the first payday, if you will, from my understanding, would be in jeopardy if, in fact, we default. >> the soldiers also pressed mullen about the debt debate's impact on overall military operations. >>> in a lingering question, is washington on the right path to avoid a downgrade of the u.s. credit rating? earlier cnn's gloria borger talked with a top economist about that. >> do you think this is also enough to kind of avert a downgrade from our aaa status right now? >> well, yes, of course, i'm -- you know, i'm not in the rating agency. i can't speak for them. but listening to what they have to say, i think this would be sufficient, yes. you know, all the rating agencies have different opinions. some may go down a different path. i think broadly speaking, if i
CNN
Jul 31, 2011 2:00pm PDT
an unannounced visit to afghanistan, troops asked him how a u.s. default would affect their paychecks. >> one of the concerns that -- that young men and women expressed to me on this trip is here we are halfway around the world, fighting our country's wars, and i've got to worry about a paycheck potentially on the 15th of august, which is what would be the first payday, if you will, that from my understanding would be in jeopardy if, in fact, we default. >> the soldiers also pressed mullen about the debt debates impact on overall military operations. >>> a u.s. default could certainly hurt world markets. as the u.s. dollar plays a critical role in global economies. joining me right now by phone to discuss the impact of the debt crisis on the asian markets which begin to open in less than three hours from now, pauline chiou. how do you expect the markets may react from the dribblings of a possible deal? >> reporter: yes. dribble, dribble, yeah. we're hanging on to every word of what's coming out of washington. even though it's the early morning hours here in asia. well, fredricka, at this mome
CNN
Jul 22, 2011 4:00pm PDT
of reasons, also troops in afghanistan, have worked with the united states on some things overseas. when we see the bomb, we don't know much about it yet, but maybe you know more from your sources. when you see the devastation, it's not a small bomb, because damage is high up, and the police say undetonated explosives were found on the island where the horrific shooting happens with the children at the labor camp. when you see that, the sophistication, the power of the bomb, what does it tell you? >> it suggests this more than the work of a single individual. remember we saw the times square bomber. one guy trying to accumulate the materials and detonate it at the time of his choosing, it's hard to do. it suggests there's more than a single individual. the other thing is there was a norwegian journalist media report suggesting that the guy, the individual they have in custody, was a farmer who might have had access to the sort of fertilizer that was anothused te the oklahoma city bomb. as we learn more facts, we'll understand better the motivation, but people now i think in the terrorism co
CNN
Jul 27, 2011 7:00pm PDT
, well, 1.1 of that or more are phantom savings from ending the wars in iraq and afghanistan we're going to end, anyway. those are not real cuts. and wayboehner wants to come ba. it's complicated. i'm still hopeful we'll get something. i think the stock market going down 200 points today, while bad news for 401 k owners i think really did send a powerful message to the congress. you're really playing with fire here now. the markets are -- you thought monday the markets were complacent. they're no longer complacent. they're sending you a strong signal, buddy. get your act together or you're going to have real trouble. >> they can try and play the blame game. >> go ahead, gloria. >> i was going to say, they can try and play the blame game with each other, which i'm sure they will do. because once you pass a bill in the house the republicans can say, look, we've done it. we've done our work. once you pass a bill, a democratic bill in the senate, democrats could say we've done our work. but i think they're beyond that, anderson. because i think they will all suffer in the end if they don't g
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Jul 28, 2011 2:00pm PDT
, and earlier he refused to deploy to afghanistan, and requested to be discharged as a consequence unityius objector. >>> ten childrener said to be among the dead and 37 people were reportedly wounded. at last report they have driven the militants back, though sporadic fighting continues. the taliban are claiming responsibility. >>> governor chris christie is expected to head home this evening. he was reportedly experiencing shortness of breath. according to a statement from his office, hi bent to the hospital out of, quote, an abundance of caution. he will be back at work tomorrow. >>> a new government report projects the government will pay for half of all health care costs by 2020, up from 44% two years ago. the shift is attributed to rising health care costs and last year's health care reform that will give millions more access. costs are expected to reach 4.3 trillion annually or almost $14,000 per person, that's what it works out to. >> thanks, lisa. >>> republican hardliners telling washington it doesn't know how to manage the country's money. now they're being forced to answer quest
CNN
Jul 29, 2011 6:00am PDT
in spending for the wars in iraq and afghanistan. so what the republicans have been saying, some of that math is fuzzy and they want deeper cuts. but the great concession that the democrats already made to the republican, harry reid pointed it out, and the republicans should see this as a great victory, there are no tax increases at all, no tax changes, no revenue increased from any tax reform in harry reid's proposal. so on the issue of taxes, the republicans have already won. it's a major victory on their part. the democrats are no longer seeking any increase or any changes, any elimination of tax loophole, any of those controversial tax aspects. so it's a major concession on the part of the democrats. they need it in order to get some sort of deal through. and the white house has accepted that, as well, reluctantly because you heard monday night in the president's speech how much he wanted increased revenue from changes in the tax laws. so they made a major concession already ander that's hoping that will be enough to get a combination of moderate democrats and republicans when all the dus
CNN
Jul 29, 2011 2:00pm PDT
the savings would come from iraq and afghanistan and don't materialize and votes on a balanced budget amendment but what the democrats reviews to do is tie an increase in the debt ceiling to passing the balanced budget amendment. you can see the rough outlines of a deal. any deal would have to go back to the house. would these conservatives especially tea party members that speaker boehner had to make concessions to, what would they do if it comes back monday night just hours before the deadline, would they vote for that? >> 201 votes in favor of this legislation. right now 196. take a look. as of now 12 republicans have bolted from the leadership from john boehner, the speaker, and eric cantor the majority leader and right now 12 republicans have voted against and still not there. 216. there is still plenty of time left. nine minutes plus for this vote to conclude. it's a fascinating development as you say. by the way, we're told john boehner was mulling around and didn't seem overly concerned but it is still not a done deal yet. once this does pass, john, assuming it passes, gets 21
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Jul 20, 2011 6:00am PDT
have stuff going on in afghanistan. the president promised to bring home troops. not going all the way through with his promise. i would love to see these issues tackled as opposed toed to this. i think there's weightier stuff. >> pete? >> well, the truth is a lot of people think that this is an issue that the left or democrats or liberals care more about. but president obama hasn't made much movement on this. gary johnson and ron paul are totally four decriminalizing and to some extent legalizing marijuana. the fact is if two drugs give you pain relief and one will kill you possibly and be addictive and the other won't, which one do you want to take? >> your buzzer beater now. if the gang of six plan actually helps cobble together a debt deal, what impasse task should they tackle next? dana. >> well, cobbling together is the right word. i like the cap and balance plan. i think if we're serious about getting the debt under control, we need to pass it in the senate a and present it to the president for his signature. this plan is a sham, does nothing to reduce taxes. >> she went past te
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